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Asia » Indonesia » Java » Semarang November 22nd 2010

Day 12 – Nov. 10 On our way back to Semarang, we went to Borobudur (the largest single Buddhist shrine in the world). It was too close to Mt. Merapi and the shrine and the whole village around it were covered with ash and we could not go in, which was a major disappointment. After a four hour bus ride, we met our host families and proceeded to their homes. ... read more
Borobudur Area

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta November 18th 2010

Day 10 & 11 Yogyakarta Day 10 Nov. 8 Sultan Palace & Bird Market. I was feeling sick so I stayed in and worked on the finances for the trip and the blog. The group went to the bird market and the Sultan’s Palace. Hopefully Paul will have some pictures. That evening we had a party with the Yoyga and Solo Club. Everyone in Indonesia can sing and everyone knows the American songs between 1950 and 1970. Airfin, Dr. Adam and the whole Indonesian crew could really sing and we only had Ken Tran. Paul’s pictures of the party are great but they do not do justice to the joy in our hearts. Day 11 – Nov. 9 What a great, great, great day, it was a cultural feast. First we went to the hospital and ... read more
Yogya
Yogya
Yogya

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 17th 2010

Day 9 Nov. 7 - Flight to Semarang –( Pronounced Samara with emphasizes on the second syllable.) We were met by our Semarang home stay hosts and stayed at Hotel Gumaya. The Hotel Gumaya is a 5 star hotel but we did not come to Indonesia to stay at a 5 star hotel, we can do that at home. The Semarang Friendship Force group wanted us to stay in Semarang. Meanwhile the FF Club of Yogyakarta had made arrangements to have a bus pick us up in the morning. There was no way I was going to get between our friends in Yogya and our friends in Semarang, so I made it very clear that they had to settle it even as Mt. Merapi was blowing its top. I was pretty sure that Dr. Adam, President ... read more
Lan, Kay & Jill
Presenting the Present
Merapi Ash 1

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Semarang November 17th 2010

Day 8 Nov. 6 - Day of the forever flight to Yogyakarta – The stories of “Endless Days & Endless Nights” and “The Great Negotiator” We got up at 2 AM to leave for the airport at 3 AM. When we got to the airport (at 4 AM) we found that our flight was delayed because the airport in Yogyakarta was closed because of the volcano on Mt. Merapi which is only 40 km away from Yogyakarta. We waited for a few hours, the flight was finally canceled, and we were stranded. The three airports in central Java were all closed. Our Bali guide, Made, was our savior. He sent three cars to pick us up at about 2 PM and made arrangements for us to go back to the hotel while Paul Martin, Ken Tran ... read more
Day
Day 8
Day 8

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 6th 2010

Day 7 - Visit to Made’s compound and the Palace of Princess Atun Today was our cultural feast. I don’t know where to begin, how to describe or end my thoughts on today. Made invited us to his family compound which has been in his family for 7 generations. The whole extended family lives in the compound and the center of the compound is the family temple. Made spent an hour or two explaining the temple and then showed us some of his art. Paul loved one of Made’s larger paintings symbolizing the need for cooperation to resolve global warming. Spirituality and symbolism are really at the heart of Bali art. Made said the painting represented about 3 months work. We then went to his village temple which is 2000 years old. Late in the afternoon ... read more
Day 6
Day 6
Day 6

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 6th 2010

Day 6 - Day of the rice terraces, temples and a drive in the country. Unbelievable! You must see the terraced rice fields. They go on as far as the horizon unless a purple mountain frames the view. The area we visited has applied to become a UNESCO World Heritage site. We had lunch at a nice hillside restaurant. They also sold herbs and coffee. One of the coffees was the type that passes through the weasel and costs a ton of money. Enjoy Paul’s pictures, but remember, no matter how wonderful the photos, they do not do justice to the beauty of Bali. At the second largest temple in Bali, we all (yes, men too) put on sarongs and scarves around their waists to be respectful. Our guide Made explained the symbolism of each building ... read more
Day 6
Day 6
Day 6

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 6th 2010

Day 5 - Day of the Cremation There are two ceremonial kings of Bali, one in Ubud and one in the northern part of the island. Indonesia is a republic, but some of the ruling families have retained inherited leadership symbolically. Burial tradition on Bali is to have a ceremonial cremation months after a person has died; the body is kept in the home until then. The burial area for royalty is a short distance from our hotel in Ubud. We went to the cremation ceremony of the northern king today. A kingly cremation only happens about once a decade. I am glad I went, but the next cremation I go to will be my own. The cremation was a short distance from our hotel in Ubud but we decided to take the cars to the ... read more
Cremation
Street Vendor
Day 5

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 4th 2010

Days 3 & 4 We now have almost everyone checked into the main hotel (SRI Bungalows-Ubud, Bali). Ken and Lan Tran have taken off on a motor bike for parts unknown. I think you will enjoy Paul’s pictures of the hotel and the Arma art gallery. Our guides’ father and uncle are featured in the gallery. Tomorrow we are going to the cremation of the King, a very big deal. A number of people have asked how I chose the people to go on the trip -- good question. My first criteria was color (personality), secondly was independence and third flexibility. After two days there is no question I have succeeded on the color and independence criteria while flexibility remains an open issue. Our Ambassadors are really a neat group of interesting, very nice and colorful ... read more
Day 4
Day 4
Day 4

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 4th 2010

Day 2 Today is Sat. Oct. 30th. The reason I am relaying this bit of surprising information is because it is surprising to me and I just figured it out. By the way, in the US it is Friday Oct. 29th. I find it is important to center yourself, not metaphysically but where you are in terms of date and time. Made, Wyman, and Darsana (our guides) took their newfound friends to Pemaksan Barong Tegaltamu to see a classic Balinese dance that is the perfect time capsule incorporating the spirituality, culture, humor and history of these beautiful and gentle people. Rather than me outlining the 5 act play, Paul Martin has provided us with a photo essay. We then went to a Batik exhibit and store. Batik is a uniquely Indonesian art form that most everyone ... read more
Dance 1
Day 3
Day 3 & 4

Oceans and Seas » Indian » Java Sea November 3rd 2010

Day 1 It was a long day of traveling but we have already had e-mails from our scouts (Patricia & Carol Hall) that all is well and the hotel, guides, etc. are excellent. We were sure lucky to get in contact with these guides through Bill and Mary Cunningham. They are three brothers who are excellent artists and guides and drive to make a living. Everyone in Bali is either royalty or an artist. When the Muslims forced the Hindus out of Java the artistic and royalty went to Bali in the 16th and 17th century. I left yesterday and went through LA and then had a 13 hour flight to S. Korea. I will be meeting Paul Martin, Linda and Patt here in Seoul and then we will get to Bali just after midnight. Korean ... read more




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